Best of Bali in 7 days
Bali is one of those destinations that has it all - beautiful beaches, sunsets, mountains, volcanoes, waterfalls and great food, so it's no surprise it is so well loved!
It is perfect if you want some adventure, but also perfect if you just want some time to wind down. Don't underestimate how long it can take to get to different parts of the island. Enjoy all that Bali has to offer!
How to get around Bali
The best ways to get around Bali are:
Grab and Gojek are best for longer distances (especially over an hour) or from the airport to your hotel. Scooters can be rented for about 70,000 IDR/day - your hotel will often be able to arrange this for you.
Day 1: Nusa Penida
Arrive the night before and head off to Nusa Penida early in the morning. Nusa Penida is a small island off Bali that is a half an hour boat ride away from Sanur harbour. The first boat leaves at 7.30 am - book your tickets online in advance to get a better price (approx. 225k IDR return per person) and to avoid haggling. You can try this website out.
Spend the day exploring the island, some favourite spots include:
Kellingking beach (famous because
It is convenient to stay somewhere near the airport when you get to Bali as the harbour is not too far away (20-30 minutes). Grandmas Plus Airport Hotel is a great budget option.
You won't be able to see all of Nusa Penida in 1 day, and tours are usually split into west and east sides of the island. We only spent a day here but would recommend spending 1 night on Nusa Penida to get the most out of your time here.
Day 2: Head down south to Uluwatu
There are countless beach clubs and hotels down south. We chose to spend the day at The Edge. If you're not staying here, book a day bed at One Eighty. The earliest you can get to the pool is at 11am. They have great choices for lunch and it is such a perfect spot for enjoying those cliff views.
Day 3-5: Spend a few days in Ubud
Spend the night at a hotel/airbnb and relax by the pool. We loved Fivelements Retreat that is just a stone's throw from the centre of Ubud, and enjoyed a massage, flower bath and the amazing vegan food here. There is a free shuttle from Fivelements to the sacred monkey forest sanctuary (entry cost 80, 000 IDR).
Other popular attractions are the countless waterfalls nearby, such as Tibumana waterfall, Tukad Cepung waterfall and Leke Leke waterfall. Leke Leke waterfall is an hour away from the centre. It is worth getting here early to beat the crowds .
On your second morning in Ubud, head off to the Tegallalang rice terraces at the crack of dawn to make the most of those rays. Make a donation to the farmers when you're there (20-30,000 IDR). The rice terraces are only 20 minutes away from Ubud centre, and the later you go, the more people turn up. At 6 am, there were 2-3 other couples there already.
Enjoy sunset at the Campuhan ridge walk which is free to park at. There is a small car park and from there, it is just a short 10 minute walk to the ridge.
Day 6: Venture further north into the mountains of Bali
Head up to the mountainous regions to enjoy a different side of Bali. We enjoyed our stay at Munduk Moding Plantation - make the most of sunrise and sunset here by the pool, where you feel like you are at the edge of the world up in the sky. Enjoy a floating breakfast and those views.
Day 7: Head to the coast before home
Travel back down the west coast and check out a black beach! We loved Soori Bali, and spent 2 nights here. It is situated right along a stretch of a beautiful black sand beach with a mountainous backdrop. The sunsets here are jaw dropping and the food exceptional.
If you are up for more local, authentic food - head to Warung Dadong Daoeh. We can't recomment this enough - it is a family run local restaurant and was our favourite warung. It is just a 15 minute journey from Soori.